Program and Speakers
Tuesday, April 4th     

8:00 am – 5:00 pm


9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Directors Symposium
Bytown Museum
By invitation only!

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Provincial Museums Association Meeting
By invitation only!

Study Tours — Offsite Insights    

Study Tours take advantage of local expertise to help you learn more about practical approaches to apply within your institution. You will enter each site through the front door and move through them systematically to get a thorough behind-the-scenes look. You will learn about the exemplary works that fulfill our traditional mandates. You will also learn about different aspects of cultural and heritage tourism. The study tours will give you the knowledge to implement action plans in your institutions. The 2017 CMA Conference offers three pre-conference Study Tours. All tours depart from the Westin Ottawa Hotel. A separate fee is applicable for each tour and includes admission to all sites, guided tours, food, and transportation, as specified. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as is a warm, water and windproof jacket or coat. Add a pair of gloves and you’ll be prepared for any type of weather but we hope spring will have sprung!

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Behind-the-Scenes Tour — Conservation, Preservation and Technology Canadian Conservation Institute and Canada Science and Technology Museum
A major renewal is underway in the east end of Ottawa! Join representatives from the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) and the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to learn firsthand about a "mostly new" museum building along with the development of 80,000 sq. ft of exhibition space and the new 700,000 sq. ft Collection Conservation Centre building that will house three national partners. From the emergency closure to reopening, the CSTM renewal will be completed in just three years while the new collection and conservation building will be built in only two. The countdown is on!

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Fee: $70 — This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation, lunch, a behind-the-scenes tour of the current conservation and science labs at CCI, presentations on the exhibition and building projects and a hard hat building tour of the CSTM. The tour will conclude with a tour of the Bicycle Craft Brewery. . Limited to 30 participants.

9 am - noon
The Three R's: Redesign, Reinstall and Reinterpret Canada's National Collection
National Gallery of Canada
To celebrate Confederation’s 150th anniversary, the National Gallery of Canada will unveil an unprecedented narrative of Canadian art through a full transformation of its galleries. Some 600 works of art by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in dialogue will be displayed in a new museography designed by guest designer Adrien Gardère and contextualized thanks to innovative visitor-centric didactic contents. Meet the cross-departmental team that has led this strategic initiative – the first comprehensive reinstallation of the Gallery’s permanent collection since the building was inaugurated in 1988 – around the 3D model used to conceptualize the new vision for the galleries and get a behind-the-scene tour of some of the vaults.

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Fee: FREE! — Open to delegates. Tour includes behind-the-scenes tour, presentations and light refreshments. Delegates will meet in the lobby of the Westin Ottawa at 8:45 am for the short walk to the National Gallery. Limited to 30 participants.

12:30 – 4:00 pm
A Treasure Trio: Behind-the-Scenes at Canadian War Museum, Bank of Canada Museum and Ottawa Art Gallery
Join us for behind-the-scenes tours of three of Ottawa’s major and unique cultural facilities: The Canadian War Museum, the Bank of Canada Museum and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary, your first stop at the Canadian War Museum takes you on a behind-the-scenes visit of the Museum’s soon to be opened exhibition Vimy – Battle, Memorial, Icon, before it opens to the public! This multi-faceted exhibition exploring the Battle of Vimy Ridge and its meaning, 100 years later will explore commemoration and memory, and include upgrades to the presentation of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the Museum’s galleries enabling visitors to understand how this iconic event has shaped our perception of history. Our second stop takes us to The Bank of Canada Museum where you’ll don steel-toed boots and a hard hat! Reopening in July 2017, this “hard hat” tour of the new facilities provides a behind-the-scenes peak as the finishing touches are made to the building structure and the exhibitions. Our final stop takes us to The Ottawa Art Gallery. An Ottawa treasure, it curates its own collection, as well as the City of Ottawa’s Firestone Collection, serving the local art community and community-at-large with professional art education services. Over the past several years it has been working with partners and stakeholders to design and build a fabulous new art gallery within the context of a ‘PPP’ business model - the art gallery, a hotel and an offering of condos, all in the same building. It is an excellent example of a game changer including: the art of negotiation; fund raising; grant securement and design. Opening in the fall of 2017, this too is a “hard hat” tour of the new facilities and a behind-the-scenes viewing of the new design elements.

Fee: $30! — This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation, behind-the-scenes tour, presentations and light refreshments. Limited to 30 participants.

Optional Evening Event
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Beautiful and Deadly Reception
The Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes CMA delegates to the first event of CMA 2017! The CMN resides in the first building in Canada created to house a national museum. It's a national historic site and the birthplace of Canada's national museum. You’ll tour this beautiful historic building and explore the museum’s extensive galleries. Participate in an evening themed around the Beautiful and Deadly – featuring the live Reptile exhibition, themed cocktails, delicious food and unique programming that will help you master your inner fears! Additionally, there will be the opportunity to partake in an Escape Manor experience. Test your wits, spatial reasoning and problem solving abilities to escape within the 45 minute time period. This event is offered in partnership with Escape Manor.

Reception Fee: TBD! — This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Includes transportation, behind-the-scenes tour, and programing. Heavy hors dœurves and one themed cocktail followed by a cash bar.

Escape Manor Fee: $20! — This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee and the Reception fee! Open to delegates and guests. There will be six sessions offered throughout the evening with up to 15 people participating per time. Places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, April 5th
All events will be held at the Westin Ottawa Hotel unless otherwise noted.

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Full-day Workshops 

Priority will be given to individuals who register for the full conference. A higher fee will be charged for individuals only attending workshops. As space is limited, we would encourage you to register as soon as possible.

1. Rapid Strategic Planning – An Oxymoron or a Brilliant Tool for Smaller Museums and Galleries?    

Facilitator: Wayne Hussey, Wayne Hussey Consulting Inc.  

A clear and dynamic Strategic Plan is essential to organizational success. And, this is especially true for smaller organizations where there is limited people, money and time. The Navigator © Strategic Planning Process is something that you could actually lead your Museum through and save thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours compared to traditional processes. During the workshop, Wayne will take participants through the process of building a real Strategic Plan for their institution based on the key six “Navigator” steps of building an effective and dynamic Strategic Plan and how you can save money and time!

About your facilitator:
Wayne Hussey, of Wayne Hussey Consulting Inc., has been a key presenter at a number of CMA conferences. His down to earth and humorous style, combined with innovative and practical content has resulted in very positive evaluations by his participants.

Fee: $ 250. Includes two networking breaks, lunch and Syllabus. Limited to 20 participants, one per institution.

2. A Playful Approach to Envisioning Museums in 2042  

Facilitator: Jasper Visser, VISSCH+STAM

The year 2042 is in many ways a special year. Some people will recognize in 42 the answer to life, the universe and everything. Also, in 2017, it’s exactly 25 years in the future. A significant group of professionals working in 2017, will still be active in their careers in 2042. For them, and everybody else interested in the future of culture, the arts and heritage, this workshop will envision museums in 2042, using the playful approach of Cards for Culture - Museum Edition. Cards for Culture is a playful approach to strategy development, stimulating creativity, inspiring innovation and guiding transformation processes. Cards for Culture combines strategic questions, current trends and best practices to facilitate conversations about the future of museums, relevant strategies and new ideas. In the one-day workshop, we’ll use the trends and strategy cards to explore what museums may look like in 2042 around 8 themes: story, audience, leadership, organization, community, society, space and assets. We’ll approach the future by extrapolating current trends, and use past visions of the future to shape our own. At the end of the day we bring all our views together to sketch the museum of the future, and pinpoint those elements of the future that we can already put in practice today. The workshop will be highly interactive, use international case studies and build upon the knowledge and experience of participants. Participants are encouraged to bring materials related to their future/ the future of their institutions (e.g. long term vision documents, internal trend reports, etc.).

About your facilitator:
Jasper Visser is an international change agent, social and cultural innovator and facilitator. He has extensive experience in the cultural and heritage sectors and social institutions. Jasper is a strategic designer and senior partner at the boutique consultancy VISSCH+STAM.

Fee: $ 250. Includes two networking breaks, lunch and all materials. Attendees will also have the option of purchasing a copy of Cards for Culture - Museum Edition at the end of the workshop. Limited to 40 participants.

3. Toolbox for Delivering and Developing School Programs: Changing the Game of How We Develop and Deliver  

Facilitators: Maggie MacIntyre , Nova Scotia Museum; Katherine MacLeod , Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village;
With Virtual Assistance from the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Nova Scotia Archives and several Nova Scotia Museum sites.

Back and updated by popular demand, this "new" toolbox full-day workshop will expand on the 2016 CMA workshop. Where the 2016 workshop focused on best practices and partnerships, this practical and hands-on workshop will focus directly on how museums can easily use the toolbox. This workshop will encourage and empower participants to rethink how they develop and present school programs. All participants will be encouraged to collaborate and share their experiences in development and delivery in the hopes of developing their network of museum educators. The morning portion of the workshop will focus on program development, including skills, tips and tricks. By using the Toolbox and its ready-made resources, including templates and activities, the group will develop a program together based on Canada 150. This experience will make the fundamental building blocks presented in the Toolbox tangible and practical to the participants. After lunch the workshop will focus on program presentation skills. Leaning and using these newly developed skills participants will head out into the city and work through the process of delivering the program developed in the morning. By actually using the toolbox, participants will see how easily they could use the Toolbox to run similar workshops with their own staff and partners. Additionally, attendees will take away a brand-new school program they will be able to deliver in their community.

Proposed audience:
This full-day workshop is intended for staff of museums and cultural facilities, including archives and libraries, who champion, develop and/or present museum school programs (education programs).

About your Facilitators:
Maggie MacIntyre has worked with both cultural and natural history museums in a variety of interpretation roles (planning, outreach, online and public programming). As Nova Scotia Museum's Interpretive Researcher, she has led the development of the "Toolbox for Museum School Programs" and works with museums across the province to empower them in their quest to engage audiences with "the real."
Katherine MacLeod is the Learning & Media Specialist at Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, in Cape Breton. A native of Iona, Katherine specializes in program creation, graphic design, outreach and social media for the Highland Village Museum.

With Virtual Presentations from:
Nova Scotia Provincial Library provides resources to public libraries across Nova Scotia. They work collaboratively with museums to help build community partnerships, provide resources and provide venues for public engagement.
Nova Scotia Archives serves as the permanent repository for the archival records of the Government of Nova Scotia and acquires and preserves provincially-significant archival records from the private sector. They work closely with museums to promote archives and primary source document learning in Nova Scotia Schools.
Nova Scotia Museum is a family of 28 provincial museum sites across Nova Scotia that includes rural, urban, as well as small and large museums. The Toolbox represents work being done across this museum system, showing the diversity and flexibility of the resource.

Fee: $ 150. Includes two health breaks and lunch. The Toolbox for Museum School Programs will be made available for free download to attendees. Participants will be required to bring their own supplies for taking notes, all other materials will be provided. Transportation will be provided to the CWM. Limited to 30 participants.

4. How Do We Know What We Know? Implementing Historical Thinking in Museum Programs
Held offsite at the Canadian Museum of History, in the new Canadian History Hall

Presenters: Lindsay Gibson , Assistant Professor, University of Alberta; Viviane Gosselin , Senior Manager, Curatorial Curator of Contemporary Culture, Museum of Vancouver; Heather Montgomery , School Programs Officer, Canadian Museum of History; Sandra O’Quinn and Jessica Shaw , Learning Specialists, Canadian War Museum.

The establishment of historical thinking as the foundation for many provincial social studies and history curricula has been a game changer for history education in Canada. Museums and historic sites are uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of students’ historical thinking abilities through their exhibitions, public programs and collections. This workshop will help museum educators navigate the waters of historical thinking and provide practical ideas for incorporating the “Big Six” historical thinking concepts into their institutions’ programs. Based on The Big Six by Peter Seixas and Tom Morton, the historical thinking concepts include:

• Evidence

• Significance

• Continuity and change

• Cause and consequence

• Perspective-taking

• The ethical dimension of history

Lindsay Gibson of the University of Alberta and the Historical Thinking Project will provide an introduction to the “Big Six” historical thinking concepts. Learning Specialists from the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum will demonstrate key segments of their school programs to highlight the application of these concepts in their educational programs. Viviane Gosselin will discuss how museum educators and interpretive planners can play the role of historical learning advocates in the exhibition team by asking specific questions in the planning phase of exhibition projects. Throughout the day, participants will be invited to generate and share ideas on how to apply historical thinking in their museum programs to foster deeper audience engagement with history. Attendees will expand their knowledge and understanding of how to successfully implement historical thinking in their museum programs.

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Fee: $ 70. Includes two networking breaks, lunch and a printed hand out. Transportation from The Westin to Canadian Museum of History is included. Limited to 30 participants.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Half-day Workshops 


9:00 am – noon
1. Inclusive Design Practices: Strategies and Skills for Museum Practitioners    

Facilitators: Corey Timpson , Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Gabrielle Trépanier , Canada Science and Technology Museums

This hands-on workshop invites participants to learn about inclusive design principles and develop basic accessibility assessment skills. In the first half, participants will employ accessibility standards developed at the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to evaluate various exhibits. Findings and ideas for remediation will be shared in small group discussions. In the second half of the workshop, participants will use an iterative design process to develop an inclusive exhibit or activity. This will include idea generation, mock-ups, testing, and re-designs. The workshop will close with a roundtable discussion focusing on best practices for museums hoping to improve their site’s accessibility and capacity to work inclusively. Throughout the morning, participants will be encouraged to ask questions, work collaboratively, and solicit feedback on their ideas.

Proposed audience:
This full-day workshop is intended for staff of museums and cultural facilities that wish to become more familiar with accessibility and inclusive design practices.

Fee: $ 50. Includes one health breaks and transportation to the CAFM. Participants will be required to bring their own supplies for taking notes, all other materials will be provided. Limited to 25 participants.

9:00 am – 11:30 am
2. Serious Fun: Gamifying the Way We Train Our Staff & Volunteers    

Emerging Professionals brand

Facilitators: Jodi Larson
, Lake Jackson Historical Association; Hannah O. Moses , George Ranch Historical Park

At our institutions, we go above & beyond to provide an engaging, memorable, differentiated, and interactive learning experience. But when it comes to training our people, we hand our colleagues a copy-machine packet and call it a day. It’s time to change the game. This workshop redefines how we plan & present professional development & training. It can be made un boring — with the same methods we use for visitors. Think of this workshop as a game show & everyone wins. We start with dozens of mini-modules and you decide what to “play” next. Each module takes only 5-15 minutes but offers essential topics like interpretive theory, narrative, in-gallery practices, educational trends, or current museum movements. Games, crowdsourcing, props, and activities — each one will get you thinking about how we think about museums. Best part? Every module is ready for you to replicate in your training room, historic house, or boardroom — we want you to steal this session ! You’ll leave with tools to make training, morning meetings, board retreats, and any professional development not only enjoyable but also memorable and meaningful.

Proposed audience:
This lively half-day workshop is intended for all levels staff of museums and cultural facilities, including archives, libraries, and living history sites. While this workshop is as valuable to the front line interpreter as it is to upper management, it will be particular useful to those who plan and manager volunteer programs, train and manage staff, and do planning for interpretive programs.

About your presenters:
Jodi Larson and Hannah O. Moses are emerging museum professionals working at history museums in the southern United States. Coming from a lifetime of service, award-winning scholarship, and a dedication to innovating the museum experience, they have collectively worked history and living history, science, art, children's museums and national parks in 6 different states.  

Fee: $ 50. Includes one health break. Handouts and materials will be provided and will be made available for later download. Limited to 60 participants.


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1. What’s Next for Museums?    

Facilitator: Jo Hargreaves , Morris Hargreaves McIntyre

This interactive workshop explores how to rethink the role of the museum and audience engagement in the 21st century using The Spectrum of Audience Engagement , remarkable new tool to help museums map major philosophical, organizational and operational decisions that they have to make in a changing world. What does it mean to be a museum in the 21st century? What does it mean to be a museum in your particular context? What’s next for museums? The tool maps out how museums might choose to define their role and purpose, their core beliefs and values and how they seek public engagement. It describes the evolution of museum policy and strategy and the changes museums have had to make over the past 30 years and the changes they may have to make over the next 30 years. This approach unifies the seminal ideas of leaders like Nina Simon and John Falk, and of movements like the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Attendees will receive at no additional cost the Spectrum tool and a process they can take back to their own institutions to repeat with their colleagues, so they are able to explore what it means to be a contemporary museum within their own context, audiences and communities.

About The Spectrum :
Developed in Western Australia, it came out of major £428 million redevelopment at Western Australian Museum (WAM): one of the biggest new museum projects in the world. WAM’s aim was to celebrate cultural diversity in Western Australia, so it led a major strategic study with staff, Aboriginal and community stakeholders, peers, visitors and non-visitors. The result of that consultative, iterative process was The Spectrum model. It has given WAM a map to navigate the new terrain in which museums now find themselves. And it’s informing everything from WAM’s vision, strategy, design and brand. It is being used in the UK, US, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Denmark to help museums navigate new terrain or to identify how they might better engage with new and diverse audiences. Leading museums around the world such as Tate, SFMOMA, Science Museum of Minnesota, Sydney Living Museums and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand are already using it.

About your Facilitator:
Jo Hargreaves is a founder director of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (MHM), an award-winning cultural strategy and research agency. Working for than 30 years in the cultural sector, her areas of expertise include: strategic planning, market appraisal, feasibility studies, measurement of economic, social and cultural impact, marketing strategy and planning, market segmentation, audience development, market research, social research and evaluation. She is an expert trainer and mentor, delivering training programmes around the world. She is a guest lecturer on the MA in Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths University of London and on the Museum and Gallery Practice MA at UCL Qatar.

Fee: $ 50. Includes one health break and a copy of the Spectrum . Limited to 40 participants.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2. 3D Media and the Future Museum: Storytelling with VR, AR and Mixed Reality    

Presenters: Marquis Côté , Head, Digital Interactives &AV, Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum; Brian Dawson , Chief Digital Officer, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation; Dan Stopnicki , Digital Strategy Director, SEED Interactive

New and evolving 3D media present significant opportunities for museums. Media like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other real-time 3D applications present new and distinctive avenues for digital storytelling and for connection and engagement with audiences. However, these media are evolving quickly, and that pace of change is only accelerating. Are emerging media like AR, VR, mixed reality, and game engines appropriate for a museum experience? Can virtual and mixed realities play a role in compelling narrative and storytelling? How can museums assess the opportunity and tackle these new forms? How can our museums manage the pace of change with emerging media? Can real-time 3D media help museums stay relevant in a changing digital media landscape? This interactive half-day workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the VR/AR/MR landscape, including a forward view of the technology horizon, and the connections between these different 3D media forms. It will explore the question of relevance of museums in an evolving digital media landscape, and how real-time 3D media may in turn be relevant for museums. The workshop will translate the technology into potential opportunities and applications for engagement and storytelling for museums. It will explore a framework for assessing opportunities and potential ground of action for museum experiences, both in and outside the walls of the museum, and offer perspectives on how to manage projects and experiments with these media. This workshop is intended for a broad audience of museum practitioners that would like to better understand the evolving 3D media landscape.

About your Presenters:
The presenters bring a range of experience working on VR, AR, games and other digital storytelling media for museums, both in the galleries and beyond the walls of the museum.

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Fee: $ 70. Includes one health break. Limited to 20 participants.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Career Café: Speed Mentoring
Have you ever wished for 10 minutes to speak to the person doing your dream job?
Now’s your chance!

CMA is committed to supporting and advancing the careers of museum professionals. The Career Café is designed to match emerging museum professionals with Canada’s leading experts in various aspects of museum work for career advice and guidance. Exchanges can be set up in various specialties including: Conservation, Curatorial, Education and/or Interpretation, Exhibition management, Registrar/Collections, Senior management, Communications/Marketing, Consulting, Exhibition design, and Web technology. Session participants will get the chance to ask one individual all of their burning questions in a ten minute networking ‘date.’ We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Advanced registration for the Career Café session is required, and space is limited. For further information, please contact Pamela Cook at .

Evening Events

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
CMA EXPO Opening and Reception with Exhibitors

Reconnect with old friends and make a few new ones at the 2017 CMA Expo Opening and reception. Showcasing the latest in exhibit design, technology, lighting, security, transportation services and countless other products and services, the 2017 CMA EXPO is your opportunity to visit with tried-and-true vendors and meet new suppliers displaying and demonstrating cost effective solutions and cutting edge technologies, all aimed at helping you and your institution. Visit with more than 20 exhibitors, and enter the draw for wonderful prizes! To qualify for the draw, have the exhibitors initial your ballot. Deposit your completed ballot at the Prize Table by 11:30 am on Friday, April 7th. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Fee: The fee is included in conference registration. Additional tickets for non-registered delegates can be purchased at a cost of $35 each. Includes hors d’oeuvres and one glass of wine followed by a cash bar.

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
5,…Lift Off
Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Please join us for unforgettable evening as we take a journey through Canada’s aviation history and into the future of space science. Enjoy a cocktail as you explore the Museum’s internationally renowned collection, including rare aircraft and exclusive pieces such as the Canadarm, a Canadian Aerospace icon. Transport yourself through time and space, sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet or in the cupola of the International Space Station. (Don’t forget your camera!) Experience a unique dining environment among the aircraft, capped off by a presentation by Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen. After dinner, entertainment includes presentations, demonstrations and interactive activities that will inspire and delight your inner dreamer, maverick, innovator and game changer!

Fee: $TBD.  This event is only available to individuals who have the all-inclusive conference registration. Includes transportation, presentation, activities, dinner and one alcoholic beverage followed by a cash bar.


Thursday, April 6th

7:00 am – 5:00 pm


7:00 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:45 am – 9:45 am
Opening Ceremonies and CMA Business Meeting 

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Keynote Address
Joseph Boydon, author

11:15 am – noon
Keynote Address
Speaker TBC

Noon – 1:15 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Keynote Address
Sarah Parcak, “Space Archaeologist” and 2016 TED Prize Winner

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Educational Concurrent Sessions

Game-Changing Projects for the 21st Century Art Museum

Moderator: Stephen Borys , Winnipeg Art Gallery

Panelists: Alexandra Badzak , Ottawa Art Gallery; Gregory Burke , Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan; Line Ouellet , Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec; Reid Shier , Presentation House Gallery

The museum for the 21st century is a collection of objects, ideas, and people reflecting cultures and stories that look back and forward. It is a place where the acts of invitation, welcome, and engagement thrive, enabling the museum to be relevant, impactful, and sustainable. Art is a living and dynamic force in the world capable of imparting and shaping ideas and viewpoints, and, in this vibrant and global exchange we call cultural democracy, the museum is the forum. Several current architectural projects at museums across Canada reflect many of the key elements that have come to define the 21st-century art museum. What do these new museums look like? The directors overseeing these building projects in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Quebec, will share their thoughts and experiences on how the idea of the 21st-century museum has impacted on the design, mission, and program of their new museums.

CMA 2017 Ignite:

Facilitator: David Marskell , THEMUSEUM

Ignite is a high-energy experience consisting of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea — and the guts to get up on stage and share it. Participants are given five minutes to speak accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. CMA Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in the museum sector. To participate please contact: .

Let’s Keep Learning from Our Mistakes

Facilitators: Megan Richardson , Canadian Museum of History and John Swettenham , Canadian Museums of Nature

Innovation is a game-changing concept in museums right now. It brings outside ideas and approaches into the museum, challenging its traditional roles, and creating new ways of thinking and working. The focus on innovation is a by-product of a rapidly changing world. It springs from the broadly. A reprise of the highly popular Learn from Our Mistakes sessions offered during CMA 2015 and 2016, co-founder Megan Richardson will be joined by Year 1 alumnus John Swettenham to animate a lively two-part discussion. In the first half, a number of experts and neophytes from museums large and small will share stories of innovation efforts that misfired, and how they have emerged the wiser. In the second half, participants will share their own stories in small groups, and choose ones to be shared with the wider room. Voting and prizes round out the session. Regardless of the kind or size of museum in which they work, participants will leave the session with valuable lessons learned around innovation, and an expanded network of contacts.

Beyond Rhetoric; Beyond Neutrality: Introducing Three Game Changers

Moderator: Robert P. Janes , FCMA

Panelists: Nika Collison , Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay; Beka Economopoulos , The Natural History Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Hilary Jennings, The Happy Museum, United Kingdom

Neil Postman, the American culture critic, wrote that, “a museum must be an argument with its society… a good museum always will direct attention to what is difficult and even painful to contemplate.” Three seasoned museum professionals will approach this responsibility by presenting distinct examples of self-reflective museum practice that depart from traditional conventions while at the same time linking culture and nature — a profoundly important linkage essential to our collective well-being. Collectively they will offer strategies to assist museum professionals in how to “change the game.”

4:30 – 5:30 pm
ICOM General Meeting
Open to members only!

6:00 pm
Optional Evening Event
Inspired by Canadians!

Be among the first to see the Canadian History Hall! The Canadian Museum of History invites you to a sneak preview of its new signature gallery, the Canadian History Hall, opening to the public on July 1, 2017. Come and explore the events, movements and personalities that have shaped our nation, and whose influence on our lives can still be felt today. Join us for a cocktail reception, followed by an exclusive visit of the new Hall, and buffet dinner in the majestic Grand Hall.

Fee: TBD! This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Includes transportation, one themed cocktail followed by a cash bar and buffet dinner.

Friday, April 7th